The idea of applying for disability benefits can be overwhelming. It’s helpful to have someone on your side who knows the process inside and out. However, there are things you can do before you apply and while your case is being considered to make the process easier and improve your chances of being approved for benefits.
#1: Know the Difference
The application processes for SSI (Supplemental Security Income) and SSDI (Social Security Disability Insurance) are similar. The requirements for each are very different and applying for the wrong one could mean that your claim is denied.
#2: Understand the Process
Applying for Social Security Disability benefits is a lengthy process with several steps. Before you begin, it’s important to understand what is required at each step. Being prepared ahead of time with the information and documentation you’ll need will speed up the process.
#3: Compile Medical Records
Submitting as much of your medical history as possible with your application will help when making their initial decision. By providing your medical records up front, you can avoid unnecessary delays. It also gives current information on your disability so that if you submit updated evidence later on, they have a basis of comparison.
#4: Keep Detailed Notes
Even after you’ve submitted your application for benefits, it’s important to keep detailed records. See your doctors regularly so they can continue documenting your disability and any changes to your condition. Keeping a journal or personal record of your daily activities and limitations may help as well.
#5: Don’t Wait
Because the process of applying for disability benefits can take time, you shouldn’t wait to start getting your information together. The sooner you begin gathering your records, keeping your journal and reaching out to your medical providers, the sooner you can move through the process.
Knowing that your disability case is being handled by an experienced disability lawyer can give you peace of mind. If you’re not sure where to begin, start by calling our North Charleston office to schedule your consultation and learn more about working with one of our attorneys.
Posted on behalf of CFJ Injury Lawyers